Indian cricket’s controversial pacer Sreesanth made fans to the audience with his outstanding bowling skills. He has played an important role in the victory of the team India. But Kerala pacer was hard hit by spot-fixing scandal in the middle of a flailing career, got banned for life, then married a princess. His career was full of events that grabbed headlines, usually for all the wrong reasons. Here we bring you the major controversies that Sreesanth was part of.
1. Challenging ‘The God of Cricket’
During the Challenger Trophy match in Mohali in 2005, Sreesanth dared Sachin Tendulkar. He took Sachin’s wicket in the same game and broke into wild celebrations much to little Master Blaster’s amusement.
2. Paid for Aggression on field
During India’s tour of South Africa in 2006, Sreesanth was fined 30% of his match fees for showing a lack of respect towards batsman Hashim Amla after his dismissal. And in 2007, during the tour of England, he was fined half of his match fee after shoving his shoulder into opposition skipper Michael Vaughan. In the same match, he bowled a beamer to Kevin Pietersen which prompted many to question his aggressive style.
3. Harbhajan Singh's slap
Harbhajan Singh slaped Sreesanth after a Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians match, which left a usually angry Sreesanth in tears. Harbhajan was fined and banned from the rest of the tournament, while Sreesanth was let off with a warning after disciplinary proceedings.
4. IPL Spot fixing
Sreesanth and two other players were arrested in 2013 on the suspicion of spot-fixing in the IPL tournament. Police charged three of them with taking money to concede a pre-determined number of runs in three different IPL matches. Though all three bowlers of Rajasthan Royals denied any wrongdoings, they were, however, suspended by BCCI and the IPL team.